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News, Environment, Los Angeles

L.A. City Council Votes To Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Ahead Of U.S. Senate Vote

Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 9:15 am

The Los Angeles City Council took an official stance Friday opposing the proposed construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline -- ahead of a vote by the U.S. Senate expected next week -- with one member challenging leaders from other cities to take similar steps to press Congress and potentially President Barack Obama to jettison the project.

A City of Santa Monica vehicle with a 'Dirty Car Pledge' sticker.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Joins "Dirty Car Pledge" To Help Fight Drought

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 9:31 am

The City of Santa Monica is partnering with Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s “Go Dirty for the Drought” campaign to raise awareness and conserve water during California’s worst drought in history.

Get water conservation tips and advice from experts regarding rain barrels.

News, Environment, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica To Host Sustainable Landscape & Rain Barrel Event Saturday

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:54 am

The City of Santa Monica will host a Sustainable Landscape and Rain Barrel Event dubbed as a one-stop shop for equipment, expert help, and cash rebates this Saturday, Nov. 15.

News, Environment, Police Department, Pasadena

Update: 15 Hikers Found In Eaton Canyon Park In Pasadena Area

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:12 am

Search and rescue teams today found 15 missing members of a church group who failed to return as scheduled from a hike in Eaton Canyon Park in the Pasadena area, and they appeared to be OK, authorities said.

Resident Jan Ludwinski will be part of the clean-up efforts Saturday morning along Lincoln Blvd.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Lincoln Blvd

Gloves On For Lincoln Blvd. Clean-Up This Saturday In Santa Monica

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:14 am

Volunteers with brooms to the ready are preparing for operation Clean Sweep on Lincoln Blvd. Saturday morning as part of an on-going push to make the Santa Monica strip more visually appealing.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica City Council Dedicates $400K To Water Incentives, Conservation

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:47 am

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night advanced the City’s call for immediate water conservation and dedicated an additional $400,000 towards incentive and conservation programs.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Partial Solar Eclipse Visible In Los Angeles Area Today

Posted Oct. 23, 2014, 8:44 am

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in the Los Angeles area today, and the Griffith Observatory will be offering telescopes for residents to catch the celestial event.

A selection of flowers snapped by Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop.

Environment, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Universe: The Sexiest, Most Beautiful Flowers

Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 9:46 am

I love to take photos of flowers. I started about a year ago when I bought a decent camera to really capture the amazing details of nature. I feel like I go into another world when I am doing it, and I’ve taken some amazing shots.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Environment, Business, Opinion, California, Columnist

Alas, Plastic Bag; We Knew Ye Well

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:42 am

Maybe at the top here we can agree that there are two general categories of environmental legislation. First, there’s a kind of proper ‘Boy Scout’ action that has a wonderful quality of engaging the public and offering high visibility while it is enforced.

News, Environment, West Hollywood

Clean Up Continues From Massive Sunset Strip Water Main Rupture

Posted Sep. 27, 2014, 9:03 am

A 36-inch water main installed nearly 100 years ago ruptured in West Hollywood on Friday, flooding streets and closing a section of Sunset Boulevard.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, History

Supervisors Urge Naming Of Santa Monica Mountains Peak After Milt McAuley

Posted Sep. 9, 2014, 1:48 pm

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today voted to urge federal officials to name a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains in honor of the late hiker, author and conservationist Milt McAuley, who died in 2008.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Vineyard Owners Protest Modifications To Zoning Plan In Santa Monica Mountains

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:08 am

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve modifications to a zoning plan aimed at protecting the Santa Monica Mountains, drawing praise from environmentalists and equestrians but protests from vineyard owners.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Declared In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:02 am

The amber alert signs on local freeways and local media outlets have been informing everyone in Southern California of severe drought conditions up and down the state. At its Tuesday meeting, Santa Monica’s council members unanimously voted to declare what City staff described as a “Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage” and require a 20 percent reduction in water use as compared to last year.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What We Don't Know About The Drought In California - Plenty

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 8:57 am

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Responds To Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:34 am

As the drought worsens, the City of Santa Monica is urging its water customers, workers and visitors to step up their water conservation efforts in response to the statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted yesterday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Board Of Supervisors Vote To Help Fund Purchase Of Critical Wildlife Habitat

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:26 am

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to help fund the acquisition of 74 acres in Agua Dulce as part of a critical wildlife corridor connecting two major sections of the Angeles National Forest.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Columnist

Ranchers Coming Around On Global Warming

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am

The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.

Tom Ford has been named Executive Director of The Bay Foundation. He previously served as the Foundation’s Director of Marine Programs.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Q&A With The Bay Foundation’s New Executive Director Tom Ford

Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 9:03 am

The Bay Foundation – a science-based organization that advocates for the Santa Monica Bay – appointed Tom Ford last month as its new Executive Director.

Anyone wanting to be part of Project Save Our Surf's beach clean-ups can visit its website for upcoming dates and locations.

News, Environment, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Clean Up This Saturday, June 28

Posted Jun. 25, 2014, 9:20 am

Project Save Our Surf will host a beach clean-up this Saturday, June 28 at Santa Monica's beach tower 28. It will start at 10 am.

News, Environment, Malibu, Santa Monica, Ocean, Fish

Endangered Steelhead Trout Restored In Malibu Lagoon

Posted May. 30, 2014, 2:11 pm

Restoration officials celebrating the first sighting in decades of an endangered steelhead trout in the Malibu Lagoon, which underwent a major overhaul

Crews continue the cleanup of thousands of dead fish in Marina del Rey.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Water

Marina del Rey Dead Fish Cleanup Continues

Posted May. 22, 2014, 8:01 am

Crews continued working to remove thousands of dead fish from a section of Marina del Rey, saying other marine life will be endangered as long as the decaying fish remain in the water.

Thousands of dead fish were spotted in Marina Del Rey this weekend.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Sheriff

Thousands Of Dead Fish Surface In Marina Del Rey

Posted May. 18, 2014, 11:59 am

Several dead fish mysteriously rose to the surface at a section of Marina Del Rey, near Ballona Creek, the Sheriff’s Dept. said.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Receives $60,000 From EPA To Reduce Water Pollution

Posted May. 2, 2014, 6:25 am

The city of Santa Monica will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a stormwater diversion system designed to reduce runoff, protect water quality and replace potable water used to irrigate parkland, it was announced Thursday.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Fracking: Find An Indisputably Clean Method

Posted Apr. 26, 2014, 8:56 am

When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing.

Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

News, Environment, Business, Santa Monica, Sustainability

Innovator Dr. Michael Crooke To Address SQA Luncheon Attendees

Posted Apr. 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

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